The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


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  • Nieuwe vacature: Psycholoog perinatale zorg
    Psycholoog perinatale zorg Functie Voor het ZonMw gefinancierde project met de titel ‘De Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMHP): Preventie op de juiste plaats op het juiste moment’ zoeken we een psycholoog. Heb jij affiniteit met de geboortezorg en het psychisch…
  • We’re looking for a student assistant!
    Research focus The Developmental Psychobiology Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Carolina de Weerth, investigates how early life – specifically pregnancy and the early postnatal years – influences development throughout the lifespan. Research in the DPB lab focuses on: the…
  • Job opportunity: Lab manager BRC
    Click here for more information. Deadline of application: 13 November 2022.
  • Brain development unaffected by stress during late pregnancy
    Stress can impact neurodevelopment of the child, even before birth. One of the ways this is hypothesized to happen is via a mother’s heightened cortisol levels during pregnancy. In the current study, researchers were unable to find evidence for this hypothesis….